Welcome to Year 5


Class Update 03/05/23

Homework grid

Homework grid Biomes

Class newsletter

Newsletter Summer 1

P.E. days this term are Tuesday and Thursday.

Tuesday is tennis, with a visiting tennis coach, so usual P.E. kits are needed on this day. The children will get changed into their P.E. kits at school as the lesson is in the afternoon.

Thursday is swimming.

No Friday P.E. this term, so P.E. kits are not needed on this day.

Spelling test is on Friday. Spelling lists are in the homework books. The children have also been given separate copies to bring home in addition to this. No test this Friday, as it has been such a short week.

This term we are studying the geography topic of biomes and will particularly be learning about the tundra, the taiga, the grassland biomes, including the tropical savanna, the freshwater biome and the ice biome.

We are planning to make model biomes towards the end of the term and the children have each been asked to bring in a small shoebox, or similar. Thank you for your support.

We now have three word millionaires in year five  and several of the class are edging ever closer to this great achievement- well done year five. Please keep this up. I hope to be adding to our word millionaire wall of fame soon.

We also have a double word millionaire in our class….a huge well done and congratulations to Florence. What an achievement.

In whole class reading at the moment, we are following the adventures of Ernest Shackleton and we are are hooked. There have been some surprising details, such as the surprise stow away and the 69 dogs on board the Endurance.

Our class reader is the Girl of Ink and Stars, which is becoming very dark and dramatic as it progresses.

Please keep reading at home, keep encouraging your children to quiz and up their word count and, above all, just enjoy books.

Thank you so much for your invaluable support. The children could not do it without you!



Class Update 21/02/23

Homework grid

Homework grid Ancient Benin

Class newsletter

Newsletter Spring 2

P.E. days this term are Wednesday and Friday.

What a busy and productive few weeks it has been, with music recitals, singing assemblies, science investigations, poem recitals, planting strawberry runners in the raised beds and so much more. I am so proud of my class and their many and varied achievements.

This term we are studying the fascinating topic of Ancient Benin. We will be learning about the Benin bronzes and will be discovering how this Ancient civilization came into being and will be learning about the events which caused its demise. In music lessons the class are learning how to sing and perform the old school hip hop song ‘Prince of Bel Air’. We have some budding musicians in year five! In literacy lessons we are writing formal, persuasive letters and are learning the differences between formal and informal language uses and expressions. Mathematics lessons will be focused on multiplication, fractions, decimals and percentages. Our science topic is ‘humans including animals’ and will be centered around a study of the human life cycle. There will be some fun investigations, such as eye tests from different, measured distances, to illustrate what happens to our bodies as we age. The weather is getting better, the days are getting longer and we have much to look forward to. I look forward to continuing to help your children to learn and to thrive at school this term.

Thank you for the wonderful homework which you have supported your children with so far this year. We have had some very impressive homework about Ancient Greece handed in, which the class have enjoyed sharing.

Happy New Year.

I hope that you all had a happy  Christmas and that the children have enjoyed their break from school. Thank you for the lovely cards, good wishes and gifts. I really feel overwhelmed We have lots to look forward to in year five in 2023 and I can’t wait to get going!

This term we have the exciting topic of Ancient Greece, which will include learning about myths and legends, the legacy of democracy, and the exciting city of Sparta. We will also be learning about the comparatively peaceful city of Athens and will be recognising some of the many achievements of Ancient Greek scholars and scientists. The children will also be painting and drawing Greek temples and will be making printing blocks using traditional patterns of Ancient Greece.

In science lessons the class will be learning about the lifecycles of plants and animals, our P.E. lessons will be based on dodgeball and netball and in literacy lessons we will be writing about spy gadgets – another exciting topic. Please note that this term, P.E. lessons will be on Tuesday and Friday and the children will need their kit on these days.

Homework still needs to come into school on Thursdays, please. Books will be returned to the children on Fridays, to take home for the weekend. Homework which does not come into school on time may not be marked until the following week. House points will be awarded for every piece of homework completed.

Spelling tests will continue to be every Friday. House points are awarded for effort and improvement as well as for high scores.

I look forward to welcoming the children back into school this week.

Homework grid AG

Newsletter Spring 1

It was an action packed last few weeks of term before the Christmas break, with the reintroduction of reading buddies, South American pancake cooking (and eating!), Christmas crafts, hot writes and chemistry investigations. Here is a quick photographic round up:

Class update 18th November 2022.

Homework grid SA

The class have had a well-deserved treat this afternoon – the eagerly anticipated pizza party. I am so proud that year five were awarded this special prize for good behaviour. Please keep it up year five!  Thank you to Miss Blackwell, who kindly cooked the pizzas and garlic bread this morning in readiness.

There is music in the air at Cogenhoe school as we get ready for Christmas and year five is no exception. I have discovered that there are some lovely singing voices amongst us. We have been learning two carols for the church service next month – ‘Come and join the celebration’ and ‘See him lying on a bed of straw’. The class are sounding good! We are also studying the song ‘Make me feel your love’. We have listened to and appraised both the Adele and Bob Dylan versions, have clapped rhythms, played glockenspiels and moved to the music, learning about pulse and pitch. The class are also learning to sing this song, a step at a time.

In mathematics lessons we have multiplied and divided given numbers, including decimals, by 10,100 and 1000 and have revised some of the skills taught in previous weeks. In science lessons, which are proving popular, the class have planned and carried out fair test investigations to find out whether temperature affects the solubility of solutes and have used the methods of sieving, filtration, evaporation and magnetic attraction to separated mixed materials.

In literacy lessons the children have used apostrophes correctly, have revised pronouns, relative clauses and determiners and have written descriptively using a suspense toolkit. We have also been working really hard on presentation and trying to join our writing. Word counts are continuing to rise and most of the children are now fully engaged in the accelerated reader process, quizzing regularly. Thank you for supporting this.

In geography lessons the class have used electronic maps of South America and have researched the diverse weather and landscapes of this vast continent.  It is a very interesting topic. Some lovely homework is coming into school each week – thank you, again, for your support.

Class update 3rd November 2022.

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Newsletter Autumn 2

It has been a pleasure to welcome the children back to school after the half term break and much has been achieved already.

We have started our new science topic – materials. This is a chemistry unit of work and today the class have been busy investigating

the solubility of different materials. They have also investigated the saturation point of proven solutes.

Our topic this half term is a geography unit of work – South America. The class have already used atlases to locate and describe the geographical location of South America and have located the countries of South America and marked these on a map, making their own colour keys.

The class have also written poems, learned about direct and reported speech and have begun to study a new model text about Hansel and Gretel.

Homework will begin again now and the children will be bringing their books home at the weekend with a new homework grid and new spelling lists.

Please can homework be handed in each Thursday (or before). Spelling tests will be every Friday. List 2 needs to be learned at home for a test next Friday, please. Thank you for your support.


Class update 21st October 2022

What a busy half term it has been in year five. The class have continued to embrace the accelerated reading scheme, we have several children quizzing every single day and I am hopeful that we will have our first Year Five word millionaire by Christmas.  Watch this space…….

Science lessons have continued to be popular, with shadow and night and day investigations being completed. The class have studied the phases of the moon and have been learning about the history of man’s understanding about the solar system. Ask them about the Heliocentric Theory!

In literacy lessons, the children have written their own warning tales, have learned about imagery, including similes and personification, and have independently written their own version of Little Red Riding Hood in preparation for our next unit of work: re-writing a scary fairy tale.

In mathematics, the class have revisited long multiplication, have tried the bus stop method of division and have been learning how to add and subtract fractions. They have continued to learn about place value with Mr. Evans.

The class have really impressed me with their history and geography work this half term. One of their main tasks has been to research and write an information report about the accomplishments of Captain James Cook. The standard of work has been high, with many house points awarded. Well done Year Five.

To end the half term, we have had fun with art. The children have designed and made simple printing blocks based on the theme of autumn and harvest. Many of the class were able to develop their work and use two colours of printing ink, with some fantastic results.

I wish you all a good half term break and thank you again for all the support which you have shown to me this term.

Class update 30th September 2022

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for embracing the accelerated reading scheme. The class are off to a fantastic start and have read more than one million words collectively (I checked this morning!). Many of the children have now quizzed on several books and individual word counts are growing. I feel very confident that we will be celebrating our first word millionaires from year five in due course, which is very exciting. A small number of children have not yet quizzed on a book and are being encouraged to read at home more.

The class have continued to learn about place value in maths and have moved onto multiplication in our weekly mathematics lessons, learning about square and cubed numbers and answering short multiplication and long multiplication calculations. Long multiplication is proving to be tricky, so we will revisit this next week.

Science lessons are proving popular and the class are clearly enjoying learning about space and the solar system. We have investigated the orbit of the planets around the sun, have ordered a range of fruits to represent the planets, understanding the order of the planets and their relative sizes, and the children have researched the planets which interest them the most, becoming “Space experts” and presenting their findings to the class.

Literacy lessons have included a revision of direct speech and how to punctuate this, the writing of descriptive poems and the planning out of our warm write. We have also been learning about the power of vocabulary and the effective use of  imagery in our writing.

It has been a busy two weeks with much accomplished.

Class update. 16.09.22

It has been a pleasure getting to know the class and I can not believe that we have already completed two full weeks of the term. Thank you for the support which you have shown to me and to your children as we settle back into school routines. The class are really impressing me with their engagement with the year five homework and spellings and are doing well. Log in details for TT Rock Stars and for accelerated reader have now been stuck into the reading diaries for easy access. Please let me know if  any difficulties arise with using these.

We have started our explorers topic, have learned about some of the new goods, particularly foods, which Christopher Columbus introduced to Europe and have ordered some key explorations chronologically on a timeline, including space exploration .  In science lessons the children have begun to study the solar system. Today the class have played ‘solar system top trumps’ to discover lots of facts about each planet and to identify the rocky planets and the gas giants.

In maths lessons the children have been furthering their knowledge about place value and our number system and have revised column addition and subtraction calculations, including decimals.

In English lessons, the class have begun to study a warning story, ‘The Caravan’, by Pie Corbett, have text mapped and acted out the story, examined its powerful vocabulary and grammatical structure and have constructed a toolkit for writing their own warning tales.

Sports crew positions have been filled, class monitor jobs have been applied for and allocated and our new class representatives to the school council have been democratically elected. The vote was extremely close. Well done to Maximillian and to Amiyah, who are our year five school councilors.

I wish you all a peaceful and reflective bank holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming the class back to school next Tuesday.

Hello Year 5 pupils and parents! I am already looking forward to welcoming you back to school in September and have been busy preparing some exciting lessons.

Homework Grid Autumn 1:

Homework grid

Year 5 Spellings:

Term 1 A spelling shed lists 1 to 7




On this page you will find a variety of resources to support your child’s learning journey as well as a regular blog of the Year 5 experiences.

I’m sure everyone will enjoy our exciting, new curriculum topics.  Our first theme is ‘Explorers’. This is a history focused topic where children will be developing their understanding of the chronology of key events. Children will explore why explorations happened, the impact this had on British society in the 16th and 17th centuries as well as learning about famous explorers throughout history.

I will look forward to seeing you all after the break. For now, please click on the links below for more information.


Meet the Teacher Presentation: 

Meet The Teacher 2022

Newsletter Autumn 1:

Autumn 1 Newsletter Year 5 – 2022

Homework Grid Autumn 1:

Homework grid

Year 5 Spellings:

Term 1 A spelling shed lists 1 to 7